May 26, 2022
“The infestation by lice or pediculosis affects people without distinction of any kind, and is not necessarily associated with poor hair hygiene. However, once contagion has occurred, it is necessary to maximize cleaning measures to eliminate them completely, especially in the case of children, since contagion can be common in nests and nurseries”, says Dr. Yaril Moreyra, dermatologist at our clinic.
How do you get head lice?
Lice attach themselves to the hair to feed on blood from the scalp. These bugs do not jump or fly from one person to another, transmission almost always occurs by direct contact (head to head) with an infested person. To a lesser extent, they can be contracted by sharing combs, hats, towels, or other clothing. Lice that infest hair do not spread other diseases.
What can happen if the contagion is not treated immediately?
Pediculosis causes pruritus (itching) on the scalp, this leads to scratching and the formation of wounds that can sometimes cause a superinfection by bacteria such as staphylococcus, which must be treated with antibiotics.
What is the initial treatment against lice?
Recommendations for your children to reduce the risk of infection:
Dr. Yaril Moreyra
Dermatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma